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By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit for our columns, media releases and more.

On Tuesday, June 26, the world will observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The World Drug Report 2017 states that 29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders, including dependence. Opioids are the most harmful. Read what it says about how drug money affects the economy.

“The report finds that hepatitis C is causing the greatest harm among the estimated 12 million people who inject drugs worldwide…Overall, three times more people who use drugs die from hepatitis C (222,000) than from HIV (60,000)..Mobile communications offer new opportunities to traffickers, while the darknet allows users to anonymously buy drugs with a crypto-currency, such as bitcoin…Typical buyers are recreational users of cannabis, ‘ecstasy’, cocaine, hallucinogens and new psychoactive substances (NPS)…”

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